MAS252 Further Civil Engineering Mathematics and Computing

Semester 1, 2021/22 10 Credits
Lecturer: Dr Istvan Ballai Timetable Reading List
Aims Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment

Prerequisites: MAS151 (Civil Engineering Mathematics)
No other modules have this module as a prerequisite.

Outline syllabus

  • Non-linear equations Netwon-Raphson method, bisection method.
  • Ordinary differential equations Taylor series solution, Runge-Kutta methods for initial value problems, numerical solution of boundary value problems.
  • Partial differentiation First and second derivatives, use of chain rule.
  • Fourier Series Full range series, sine series, cosine series.
  • Partial differential equations Classification, parabolic equations, Fourier series solution, numerical solution, Elliptical equations, Fourier series solutions, numerical solution.
  • Analytical solutions (by separation of variables) of the ideal and non-ideal wave equation


  • To consolidate and extend the understanding and use of various analytical and numerical techniques in the area of non-linear algebraic equations, Fourier series and partial differential equations.

Learning outcomes

  • Solve non-linear algebraic equations by Newton-Raphson and bisection;
  • Use Runge-Kutta methods to solve first and second order differential equations;
  • Obtain partial derivatives of a function of two variables and use the chain rule;
  • Expand functions in Fourier series;
  • Solve the heat-conduction equation in one space-variable using explicit schemes;
  • Solve simple parabolic partial differential equations using explicit schemes;
  • Solve the Laplace equation in (x,y) by Fourier series;
  • Solve linear elliptic partial differential equations in (x,y) by numerical methods.
  • Solve linear hyperbolic differential equations (the wave equation) using analytical methods

Teaching methods

Lectures, tutorials, problem solving

24 lectures, 12 tutorials


One formal 2 hour exam. [80%]
Matlab computer assessment exercise (taught by Civil Engineering Department) counts as 20% of the final mark.

Reading list

Type Author(s) Title Library Blackwells Amazon
A Stephenson Mathematical Methods for Science Students 510 (S) Blackwells Amazon
A Stroud Engineering Mathematics 510.2462 (S) Blackwells Amazon
A Stroud Further Engineering Mathematics 510.2462 (S) Blackwells Amazon
C Pivato Linear Partial Differential Equations and Fourier Theory Blackwells Amazon

(A = essential, B = recommended, C = background.)

Most books on reading lists should also be available from the Blackwells shop at Jessop West.